We aim to erect a BioDiversity garden in which we will grow native plants to the area of Crossmolina. Due to the decline of the honey bee in the area a great number of plants that were flourishing many years ago are now extremely scarce. In order to replenish these plants again we are going to tap into the knowledge of the older generation of the community to gather information to see which plants they notice is gone.
We also have the help of the transition year students of both secondary schools Gortnorabbey and St Tiernan’s to design the garden and the flower bed arrangements. We also intend to incorporate bat boxes, hedgehog nests, bird houses and a “bug hotel” too and we will use the national schools and play schools to design and decorate these housing units. Eventually we will keep our own bees as this will help accelerate the pollination of the garden and the surrounding area. The honey will also provide a very useful antihistamine for people who have allergies/hay fever in the community.
When the garden is completely finished and set up we plan to install a number of solar powered motion sensor night vision cameras to capture the activities of the potential wildlife inhabiting the garden. We then will set up a YouTube channel to broadcast any activity that had been recorded.
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